It may come to no surprise that avoiding certain foods, such as candy and sodas, will help keep cavities away. But did you know that certain foods you do eat can actually prevent tooth decay too? Recent research gives the green light on consuming dairy to improve your dental health. We know dairy products contain loads of calcium, which is vital for building and maintaining bones and teeth. However, there is a specific dairy product that may provide additional cavity prevention benefits, and it’s worth saying “cheese” for!
The dental rewards of eating dairy seem to be rooted in pH levels. When your plaque pH level is less than 5.5, you are at a higher risk for developing cavities because your outer-protective layer (enamel) is more vulnerable. Anything higher than a 5.5pH level makes you at a decreased risk for tooth decay. A recent research study, published in a 2013 issue General Dentistry, examined the dental aspects of a number of subjects spanning the ages of 12 to 15 and their interval plaque pH levels after consuming dairy products such as milk, cheese and sugar-free dairy. The results of the study are worth paying attention to. Those who consumed the dairy products had no changes in their pH levels. However, the people that ate cheese showed a fast and significant increase in their pH levels when tested at each interval. Therefore, the dairy product to reach for if you want a healthier smile seems to be cheese.
While it is imperative that you floss and brush daily and avoid sugary snacks for a healthy smile, it is also important that you realize the impact of the foods you do choose to eat. Healthy fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products such as cheese, can keep you mouth and body at their best. Group Health Dental Associates delivers comprehensive dentistry to patients of all ages and they are committed to helping patients achieve the healthiest diet lifestyle that promotes optimal dental health.